Where Opulence Is A Way Of Life In The City Of Lakes...

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The City of Lakes as seen from the top

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If any Rajasthani city could claim the title of being the most topographically diverse, it would be Udaipur without a doubt. Popularly known as 'The City of Lakes', Udaipur is about more than just vast bodies of water. There is the Aravalli range of mountains, and its undulating hills adorned in different shades of green. There are countless forts and palaces that dot the landscape. And then, there are sprawling gardens teeming with peafowl.

The entrance lobby of The Trident, Udaipur.

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I entered Udaipur with a lot of expectations, and the city met each and every one of those. Perhaps my view is coloured by the fact that I was hosted by The Trident. And my past trips have taught me that your place of stay can have a strong bearing on how you see a city. Trident happens to share the same main gate with The Oberoi Udaivilas, and when you stay at The Trident, you get a complimentary visit to Udaivilas (which is not open to tourists otherwise).

Touches Of Tradition

A garden-view room at The Trident Udaipur.

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In addition to the 5-star facilities one would anticipate at any such property, The Trident gives you a flavour of Udaipur in its rooms. The windows are inspired by Rajasthan's jharokha style of balconies. The walls have runners showcasing the Jaipuri kalam way of painting, famous for the use of vegetable dyes. Even the paintings on the walls exhibit this kind of artwork. When you are not looking out through the window, you can gaze at the floor to admire the fine Indian green marble which is mainly quarried from Kesariyaji, near Udaipur.

Alone Time On The Lawns

The lush lawns are perfect for some morning yoga.

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The landscaped gardens that fill up most of Trident's area are quite therapeutic to saunter on. Early mornings are the best for some yoga or meditation in the fresh air. Even if you prefer to just stroll about the property to get started on your 10 thousand step daily goal, you will love the glimpse of the Aravallis beyond. For those rare people who like to stay indoors, catch up on your vacation workout at the gym, and ask your personal trainer to help you burn the extra calories you will consume at The Trident! ;-)

Dining Delights

Dinner buffet is set at Aravalli - Trident's main restaurant.

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For a state that prides itself over its royal feasts and sumptuous fares, you naturally expect high culinary standards from the hotels. The Trident has 2 restaurants and a bar that can make you forget about your new year's resolution to be on a strict low-cal diet. Aravalli is the restaurant where their magnificent buffet spreads are laid out, and the complimentary breakfast tends to extend well into lunch time. The staff is very courteous and always coaxing you to try another dish. The Terrace is Trident's al fresco dining restaurant and opens only in the evenings.

Swim In The Sun

The pool with a view of the Aravallis

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The proximity to the Aravallis is a factor behind the relatively cooler clime that Udaipur enjoys. But the cold air does not mean you'll have to put up with cold water when you swim. Trident has a heated pool so you can indulge in some laps of freestyle as you relax those tense muscles from yet another day of sightseeing around the city.

Sunsets And Spas

Trident in the evening

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With sundown, Udaipur becomes a magical place with lights and lamps illuminating the narrow roads, the busy bazaars and the cheek by jowl restaurants, especially those around the lakes. When you return to your hotel from the bustle, your body craves its own kind of winding down. The Trident's luxury spa offers multiple solutions to rejuvenate your tired limbs. You can choose from their massages (Ayurvedic, Swedish, Balinese, hot stone, and more), body scrubs, wraps and advanced therapies that work on your chakras.

Explore Udaipur

Dine in the garden when the sun is out.

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You should take out at least 3 days to properly see the wonders of Udaipur and its outskirts. Lake Pichola (also visible from The Trident) attracts thousands of visitors everyday, and so does the Taj Lake Palace Hotel, situated at the centre of this lake. The City Palace museum and the crystal gallery inside Fateh Prakash Palace will take you a while to explore and admire. Fateh Sagar Lake is another prominent one, and the promenade surrounding it makes for a nice walk. Sahelion ki Bari is where the erstwhile queens would hang out, but it pales in comparison to the other sights Udaipur has to offer. A cable car ride to the city's highest point gives you excellent views of the entire city, surrounded by hills and carpeted by lakes. Don't let your tour end at Udaipur though. Use your extra days to book a car to take you to Sajjangarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Fort. Kumbhalgarh has the longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. It's quite a trek though. Do visit the Maharana Pratap museum and watch the video clip that tells the history of this place.

Chase Peacocks

This peacock tries to rush out of my camera frame.

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Birdwatching, my favourite pastime these days, keeps me outdoors most of the time. Udaipur's verdant lawns and gardens have plenty of birds, especially the ornate-looking peacocks which are generally shy. You will never need an alarm to wake you up with the sunrise here. The call of peacocks makes the hotel come alive.

How To Get There

The Aravallis as seen from Sajjangarh Fort.

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By Air

The Trident Hotel is 28km from Udaipur's Maharana Pratap Airport and can be reached within an hour. Check with the hotel for pickup and drop services.

By Train

Udaipur City Railway Station is only 5km from the property (20 minutes by road).

Tariffs

The interiors of The Trident Udaipur.

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The rates vary, depending on the room type and time of the year. Taxes are extra.

For the Suites: INR 35,000 per night

For the Deluxe Lake View rooms: INR 21,000 per night

For the Deluxe Pool View rooms: INR 19,000 per night

For the Deluxe Garden View rooms: INR 7,400 to INR 18,000 per night

For the Deluxe rooms: INR 7,000 to INR 17,000 per night

For more details, visit their website.

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